DIY “Día De Los Muertos”: Flower altar

Create a space at home to honour the dead

This is the place to remember your loved ones on Día de los Muertos and welcome their souls back to the house. It doesn't have to feel sad or religious — in fact, it shouldn't be. The Day of the Dead is all about remembering the best moments you shared with those who have passed away. The altar should be a colourful, joyful and personal space: decorated with love and care, it's bound to feel magical.

Flower altar Dia de los muertos DIY -Funnyhowflowersdothat


  • Different sized vases or bowls that can hold water
  • Candleholder(s) and candle(s)
  • Decorative sugar skulls and/or clay skulls
  • Flowers. We used the carnation, aster, dahlia, vanda, gerbera and the Gloriosa but you can choose your own favourite flowers, or those of your loved ones.


Find a good place in your house to create your altar. It could be on top of a low cupboard, on a mantepiece, or a small table.

Step 1

Float a colourful mixture of flowers in a bowl of water.

Step 2

Decorate your altar with an exuberant colour palette featuring traditional Día de los Muertos flowers like marigolds, chrysanthemums and gladioli. It should be getting to feel very Day of the Dead.

Step 3

Make a flower wreath with leftover blooms by stringing a thread through the centre of the flowerheads. Hang it on your altar for an even more bright and joyous display.


If you don't have that much space, put different flowers in smaller vases to create a more intimate altar. Decorate with personal ornaments, candles and skulls.

Think out-of-the-box

If you're short on room, try this creative way of floral styling: hang a flower garland over the edge of a drawer. Inside, position a vase with a small bouquet.

Did you enjoy making your altar? Then click here for more floral altar inspiration for the other 364 days of the year.

Are you keen for more “DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS” DIY? Read on for the flower crown, sugar skull face make-up and the floral top hat tutorials

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